Named a UNESCO Creative City, Paducah, KY is full of culture and creativity. Home to the National Quilt Museum, Yeiser Art Center and much more, this captivating Southern town is the perfect getaway for those seeking rich cultural experiences. Start planning your next vacation — and take a virtual tour below.
Take a Virtual Tour of Paducah, KY
330 S. 3rd St., #102, Paducah, KY 42003 • (270) 908-0006
The renowned Freight House is led by chef/proprietor Sara Bradley, runner-up on season 16 of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Chef Sara opened Freight House’s doors in 2015 under the ethos food is more than just eating; your food has a story. Freight House aims to be Western Kentucky’s most unique dining experience, serving traditional Southern flavors with a modern twist. Through locally sourced meats and garden fare, their mission is to bring you fresh ingredients from local partners and help define the flavor of the “new South.”
The National Quilt Museum
215 Jefferson St., Paducah, KY 42001 • (270) 442-8856
Encompassing 30,000 square feet of contemporary gallery space, the National Quilt Museum is the largest of its kind in the world. Featuring a 320-piece collection of contemporary quilts and ever-changing thematic exhibitions that celebrate traditional quilt making methods, the museum also offers year-round workshops by world-class instructors.
Yeiser Art Center
200 Broadway St., Paducah, KY 42001 • (270) 442-2453
Yeiser Art Center is the host of the international Fantastic Fibers and Paducah Photo juried exhibits. Its rotating exhibitions spotlight a diverse range of art forms, styles and techniques through works by regional and international artists. The gallery store offers Kentucky-crafted goods, original art and craft media.
Slim’s and Frenchtown Station
125 North 11th Street, Paducah, KY 42001 • (270) 557-7929
Slim’s and Frenchtown Station are among Paducah’s most coveted mercantile shops. Both are curated by the same family and offer unique and repurposed items. Slim’s is a reimagined and repurposed Southern gem. Originally a BBQ joint, Slim’s still uses its original iconic country and chrome bar stools. The upscale mercantile now offers smart gifts, boasting a tasteful melding of antique, industrial and vintage pieces alongside clothing and curated gift lines for men and women. Slim’s is steps away from Frenchtown Station, a 1930’s-era restored filing station-turned-mercantile. The store offers an ever-changing array of curated finds with a seasonal twist, making both Frenchtown Station and Slim’s places to visit to find the next best thing.
Historic Downtown Paducah has been consistently recognized as one of America’s best and most beautiful main streets by Architectural Digest and many others. Upon arrival in this picturesque Paducah neighborhood set along the Ohio River, you’ll discover the true beauty of Paducah — cultural heritage and creative spirit. Local events, specialty stores and shopping districts line the streets, where visitors can also enjoy browsing art galleries or the riverfront “Wall to Wall” murals.
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